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Greenock Morton 2-2 Falkirk

Thomas O'Ware celebrates scoring for Morton
Centre-back Thomas O'Ware took his goal tally for the season into double figures

Morton and Falkirk could not be separated as they played out their third Championship draw this season.

Defender Thomas O'Ware headed in his 10th goal of the campaign to put Ton ahead but James Craigen equalised with a superb strike from distance.

After the break Aaron Muirhead's penalty gave the Bairns an advantage but Ross Forbes slotted his 11th of the season under Danny Rogers.

Both sides also had a goal ruled out in an action-packed contest.

The one Morton had chalked off was converted by Lawrence Shankland from close range but referee Greg Aitken spotted a handball in the build-up.

Nathan Austin's tap-in was disallowed for the same reason in a result that follows two 1-1 draws between the teams in the league this season.

Falkirk remain ahead of Morton on goal difference in the play-off spots, but the Greenock side have a game in hand.

The value of O'Ware and Forbes to their cause was evident here. The latter supplied the cross for O'Ware to head in at the far post, taking the centre-back's impressive goal tally to 10.

Forbes' goal to bring them level at 2-2 was all about composure after a neat through ball by substitute Luke Donnelly.

Goal of the game award went to Craigen though - his 22-yard rocket into the top corner, via the underside of the crossbar, was an important equaliser when the Bairns were trailing.

Muirhead's penalty to put Falkirk 2-1 up arrived when Mark Russell felled Lee Miller, a foul the hosts did not dispute.

Post-match reaction:

Morton manager Jim Duffy: "You want to be a bit greedy and go for the three points but I thought it was an outstanding game.

"Four goals, a couple of magnificent saves from either goalkeeper, misses and contentious decisions from the referee - I think that's what Scottish football's about.

"It's incredible for Thomas O'Ware and Ross Forbes - a defender and a midfielder - to be so instrumental in our season with goals.

"The disallowed goal was a ricochet that landed to Shankland who put it in the back of the net and the referee said it was a handball leading up it, but I believe it was very harsh."

Falkirk manager Peter Houston: "A draw was probably a fair result. I could turn to the two chances we had when we were 2-1 up and the goal that we had disallowed.

"I've seen the video again and I don't know - I think the far-side assistant said it was because of a handball, but the video shows that ball didn't go near his hand.

"James Craigen has got that kind of goal in his locker. He connected with it sweetly and it got us a goal in a first half that we hadn't been at it.

"We're 10 points ahead of Queen of the South [in fifth place] and I'd much rather be 10 points ahead than having to chase."

Line-ups

Morton

  • 1Gaston
  • 18McDonaghBooked at 26minsSubstituted forDonnellyat 55'minutes
  • 2KildayBooked at 7mins
  • 4O'Ware
  • 3Lamie
  • 8Forbes
  • 21Murdoch
  • 12Tidser
  • 17RussellBooked at 49mins
  • 11NesbittSubstituted forOyenugaat 82'minutes
  • 16Shankland

Substitutes

  • 9Oyenuga
  • 14Scullion
  • 19Donnelly
  • 30McGowan
  • 33Langan
  • 37Tiffoney
  • 39Strapp

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 4MuirheadBooked at 83mins
  • 44Watson
  • 14Grant
  • 3Leahy
  • 28CraigenSubstituted forAirdat 83'minutes
  • 7Taiwo
  • 10SibbaldBooked at 41mins
  • 11HippolyteBooked at 13minsSubstituted forKerrat 79'minutes
  • 16Austin
  • 18MillerSubstituted forMcHughat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kidd
  • 8Kerr
  • 15Gasparotto
  • 19McHugh
  • 23Gallacher
  • 24Thomson
  • 33Aird
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
2,397

Match Stats

Home TeamMortonAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Morton 2, Falkirk 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morton 2, Falkirk 2.

Attempt saved. Kudus Oyenuga (Morton) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Tom Taiwo (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Lawrence Shankland (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Peter Grant (Falkirk).

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Danny Rogers.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Danny Rogers.

Attempt saved. Ross Forbes (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Michael Tidser (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Taiwo (Falkirk).

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Mark Kerr.

Booking

Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kudus Oyenuga (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Muirhead (Falkirk).

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Fraser Aird replaces James Craigen.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Kudus Oyenuga replaces Aidan Nesbitt.

Attempt blocked. Ross Forbes (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Ross Forbes (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk).

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Mark Kerr replaces Myles Hippolyte.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Robert McHugh replaces Lee Miller.

Attempt saved. Lawrence Shankland (Morton) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Lee Miller (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Luke Donnelly (Morton).

Tom Taiwo (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Thomas O'Ware (Morton) because of an injury.

Ricki Lamie (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Miller (Falkirk).

Mark Russell (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Miller (Falkirk).

Goal!

Goal! Morton 2, Falkirk 2. Ross Forbes (Morton) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Donnelly.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Paul Watson.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Peter Grant.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Peter Grant.

Attempt blocked. Michael Tidser (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

Michael Tidser (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Miller (Falkirk).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian24148239132650
2Dundee Utd24127534241043
3Falkirk25118640281241
4Morton24118536261041
5Queen of Sth248793334-131
6Dunfermline236892833-526
7Dumbarton2568113038-826
8Raith Rovers2468102332-926
9Ayr24410102338-1522
10St Mirren2328132242-2014
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